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The Chongqing Days: A Sunny Day in Guanyinqiao

I had read it many times before ever arriving; Chongqing was notorious for its grey skies.  Optimists attribute this to the city’s surrounding mountains trapping the humidity and clouds overhead.  More cynical folks brush it off as constant pollution.  In truth, it’s likely something between the two. Over 2 weeks after I had come to…

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Paying American Taxes Abroad

It’s something that should never cross our minds when enjoying ourselves abroad, but mid-April becomes an irritating time for most Americans because of the looming burden of Tax Day on April 15.  It causes plenty of problems and stress for those living within the United States.  But how about those of us living outside the…

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The Chongqing Days: World’s Longest Escalator?

Several months ago, I read a vague claim that Chongqing was home to the longest escalator in the world.  An obscure claim to fame to be sure, but quirky enough to look into.  Further research told me it was located somewhere around the Lianglukou metro station.  Like many things in Chongqing, exact map locations are…

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Hats

This raggedy leather cap is one I was handed down from an Irish traveller in Bangkok that has since worked its way into my normal travel gear.  Apparently having changed hands a couple times before him, as Gavin had no definitive idea where it came from or where it had been.  He just passed it…

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in central Bandar Sera Begawan.

Travel Theme: Center

In Bandar Seri Begawan, the small captial city of Brunei Darusalam, the whole place is centered on and built around the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque.  This mosque serves as the religious symbol of the country and one of its most recognizable landmarks.  Its central dome is immediately noticeable from almost anywhere in the city. …

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Vesali: Second City of the Rakhine

“Having built a city which is more beautiful and splendid than the city of the celestial beings as if mocking the latter city . . .” – Anandacandra Stone, Verse 21 To hear about a Lost City, one that you’ve never heard of before, particularly when it is older than the one you’re already in,…